March 16, 2017

Image: Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ltd.

The 30 largest apparel companies in the world were assessed against the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark’s (CHRB) Apparel criteria related to human rights issues. The report, based on publicly available information, assessed these companies according to six main topics: governance and policies, embedding respect and human rights due diligence, remedies and grievance mechanisms, human rights practices, responses to serious allegations and transparency. British retailer Marks & Spencer received the highest score of the apparel brands assessed, followed by adidas, H&M, Gap Inc., Tesco and Nike.

The report highlighted the presence of a relative lack of leaders and a larger number of “lower” brands, which are at an early stage of implementing the UN Guiding Principles and other internationally recognised human rights and industry standards. The key message of the CHRB for the large majority of low performing companies is to act immediately to avoid any further risk related to human rights abuse of workers and communities, to follow best practices and make solid commitments to policies and targets.

Tags: adidas, benchmark, chrb, h&m, m&s, social, united nations.